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Kristan A. Miller

Achieving Women Award 2012

Kristan A. Miller
Undergraduate Student, Health and Human Development, Penn State Fayette, The Eberly Campus

(L to R) Christy Long and Kristan A. Miller.

Achieving Women – Undergraduate Student
The winner of the 2012 Achieving Women award in the undergraduate student category is Kristan A. Miller.  Kristan is a senior at Penn State Fayette, The Eberly Campus, completing her bachelor of science in Human Development and Family Studies, with a minor in Business Management and Marketing. She is vice president of the Human Development and Family Studies Association (HDFSA), a student group whose entire purpose is to contribute to human causes and public service activities. This academic year alone HDFSA completed over twenty on- and off-campus service events, more than any other club on campus or in recent memory.

Kristan is a determined, hard-working undergraduate student who has maintained a 3.68 GPA despite her demanding work schedule. At one of the two jobs she holds, Kristan works with children with autism as a Therapeutic Staff Support/Community Inclusion Specialist. She recently started her own business (while maintaining her other job and school activities), working to create an iphone app called “Picture Me Learning,” designed to help children with autism learn normative behaviors in various domains, which she presented to more than 650 people at the International Conference of Education Research and Innovation.

Her history of working with children with special needs and focusing on inclusion in community and school settings exemplifies her commitment to diversity and promoting equal opportunity. In the community, Ms. Miller has spoken about the HDFS major to students in local high schools; she is a member of the Fayette Young Professionals Network; and is a member of the Business and Professional Woman’s Group. As one nominator said, “Kristan Miller is the epitome of what the Achieving Women Award was created to recognize and celebrate.”